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  • Blogging Ethics Fili
  • Blogs – is it really that big of a deal?
    • (Reference - State of the Blogosphere 2007, Technorati)
  • Blogging – Just how much are we talking about?
    • (Reference - State of the Blogosphere 2007, Technorati)
  • Blogging – but does it compare to old media?
    • It’s beginning to…
    • (Reference - State of the Blogosphere 2007, Technorati)
  • What exactly is a blog?
    • That’s not a bad question –
    • Webster – “an online diary ; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page.”
    • Wordnet – “a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies ; postings on a blog are usually in chronological order.”
    • Wikipedia – “A blog is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.”
    • Okay, let me sum it up for you…
    • In my view, blogs generally are:
    • Frequently updated websites.
    • Interlinked with other blogs.
    • Time-ordered – reverse chronological order.
    • A person based community - inviting reader participation on author suggested topics.
    http://teresabutler.com/_borders/blog%20logo.jpg
    • But it’s all quite simple.
    • Essentially, anybody can…
    There’s a lot of techno blabla involved… http://www.pittsburghlive.com/photos/0427bish-a.jpg
  • Blog categorization…
    • Krishnamurthy, S. (2002). The Multidimensionality of Blog Conversations : The Virtual Enactment of September 11. In Maastricht, The Netherlands: Internet Research 3.0.
    • S and Wright, E.(2004) Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs . SS Herring, B LA - Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science HICSS-37
    • Not quite. Key points for blogging:
    • No moderation - No editors, no publishers.
    • Bloggers are their own bosses, they do what they want.
    • Bias is inherent and expected.
    • Limited liability - It’s usually an individual, sometimes anonymous.
    Okay, so are bloggers like journalists? www.thinkgeek.com/.../products/zoom/blogging.jpg http://z.about.com/d/journalism/1/0/I/1/-/-/newspapers.jpg
  • The blogging ethics debate
    • -2003-
    • Sean-Paul Kelley of the
    • Agonist , admits to Wired that he copied articles and news items from the Stratfor news agency.
    http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2003/04/58346
  • That’s just wrong, right?
    • It depends who you ask…
    • Against – “It’s so horrible”…
      • “ It’s plain plagiarism ”.
      • “ A blow to blogger credibility”.
      • Larry Pryor/Online Journalism Review - "If they are going to be taken seriously, they have to follow [ethical] rules."
    • For - “Not such a big deal”…
      • “ Blogging is free”.
      • “ This is what blogging is about”.
      • Paul Grabowicz , director at UC Berkeley - "anything goes in Weblogs … I don't think they need to be held to the same standards [as journalists]"
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63407-2003Apr9.html
    • Perlmutter, David D. and Schoen, Mary (2007) '" If I Break a Rule, What Do I Do, Fire Myself? " Ethics Codes of Independent Blogs', Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 22:1, 37 – 48
    • Survey of 30 political blogs and their attitudes towards ethic codes to try and get a sense of things and derive a common theme.
    Blogging ethic codes – do we need them?
  • Nah, don’t need a code… bloggers’ discussion
    • “ The blogosphere will typically “fact-check your a**” if needed. Bad info and continued lies calls your credibility into doubt... Sort of a self-correcting phenomenon (Dube, 2003)”
    • “ I discarded the journalistic standard of accuracy and fairness. That’s unrealistic, and not really in the spirit of what we’re doing” (Blood, 2002)
    • “ An ‘ethics code’ is something that bloggers will never accept ” (Beeson, 2005, p. 8)
  • Freedom of speech?
    • Internet is a powerful tool for freedom of speech.
    • Should we put (ethical) boundaries to freedom of speech?
    • “ The right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins.”
  • Blogging ethics – Minimizing harm to others
    • Protection of sources.
    • Avoiding false unsupported accusations.
    • Allowing others to set their level of exposure.
    • Intrusion of privacy where there’s no greater public interest.
  • Blogging ethics – Accountability - What’s real?
    • Distinguishing between :
    • Facts and opinions.
    • Your words and others.
    • Actual content and sponsored reviews.
    • With :
    • Disclosing sponsorship.
    • Disclosing background and possible conflict of interests.
    • Accepting mistakes and fixing them in public.
  • Summary
    • Blogs are: Very wide-spread. Already influential.
    • The ethical issues of blogging and self expression on the Internet are constantly being debated.
    • The issue of a blogging code of ethics remains controversial.